ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A pair of Domino's Pizza franchisees, Cosme Torrado and Jim Garner, have received the company's Chairman's Circle honor, its highest award.
Together, Torrado and his brothers Alberto and Armando, oversee their company, Alsea, Domino's master franchisee in Mexico.
The Mexico City-based publicly traded company was founded in 1989. It franchises 446 Domino's stores in Mexico and Brazil, and is expected to post $250 million in sales in 2002.
"This is a very exciting time for us as we aggressively penetrate other target markets," said Torrado, Alsea's CEO. "(T)o receive this award, alongside my brothers, is a wonderful feeling."
Texan Jim Garner also received this year's Chairman's Circle honor.
Garner, who began working with Domino's in 1973 as a delivery driver, now franchises eight Domino's stores in the Lone Star State.
His influence beyond his own operations is widespread. Garner serves as director on the Partners Foundation Board of Directors, a non-profit organization assisting team members in times of need, and sits on Domino's Distribution Advisory Board. He is a member of the Domino's Marketing Advisory Council and its Franchise Association Board. He also serves as vice president of the Franchise Forum and served as president of the Dallas DMA for eight years.
"I am thrilled to receive this honor," said Garner. "Working for Domino's the past 19 years has been thrilling and invigorating, as we are constantly setting higher goals for ourselves."